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Message from the CEO (1 Nov 2021)

Message from the CEO Welcome to the next edition of The VET Sector newsletter. This edition is jam-packed with useful information, informative articles, […]

Advertise with us @ The VET Sector

The VET Sector is a digital magazine and newsletter that has been developed to promote and provide information about opportunities in the VET […]

The problem for users of Google’s dynamic keyword insertion ~ By Margaret Ryan (lawyer and trademarks attorney)

Is it a good idea to use someone else’s name as a Google keyword and Google headline? The Full Court of the Federal […]

Driving organisational change to adopt high-quality online training

Introducing online training into your business through the use of technology and tools can help you increase productivity, reach new potential customers, provide […]

New TAE 22B E-learning and E-assessment – Open for public review and feedback

The following training products are now available for public review and feedback: TAEDEL405 Plan, organise and deliver e-learning (unit of competency) TAEASS404 Conduct […]

Direct observations in online learning environments

In order to get an accurate picture of how a learner is performing, trainers and assessors should try to conduct personal observations or […]

Effective feedback in both in-person and remote/virtual contexts

Feedback can be in-person, remote or virtual. We have to be careful with what kind of feedback we provide, especially in a remote/virtual […]

The importance of constructive feedback

Feedback is an essential part of the training and education industry. It helps to understand what you are doing right and what needs […]

The best possible ways to provide feedback to your learners with examples

There are five key principles of giving effective feedback: Respond quickly Give them context Provide examples where they are good at or need […]

How to become a profitable training business? (Part 1) – An article by CAQA Skills and Edu Learning

The training industry is growing rapidly due to the growth in businesses requiring a skilled workforce. Training businesses are however operating in a […]

The Top 10 VET Sector websites and resources – you must know!

There are numerous resources available on the internet that you can use to make your life easier. Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, and Amazon are […]

Why a collaborative regulatory body is important for the training and education industry

Training and education have always been an industry that is surrounded by regulations, rules, and policies. The regulatory body provides a foundation for […]

ASQA’s Regulatory Risk Priorities for 2021-22

The Regulatory Risk Priorities for 2021-22, has been published by ASQA. It outlines the regulatory risk priorities for the coming year. These priorities […]

ASQA Annual Report 2020-21 now available

The Australian Skills and Quality Authority’s Annual Report for the 2020–21 financial year has been tabled in the Australian Parliament. A record of […]

The benefits of effective communication systems, practices and processes

Communication is the key to building successful relationships and human connections. It’s also the key to success in any professional field. Effective communication […]

CAQA FAQ Series – Industry consultation

What is industry consultation in the RTO context? It is a process in which the training representatives of a training organisation consult with […]

How to check the quality of assessment resources

Critical skills for checking the quality of your assessment resources. The purpose of the assessment tool The main purpose of an assessment tool, […]

Fact Sheet: Validation of assessment resources

Compliance requirements and guidelines: This Fact Sheet has been developed and produced to assist Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in understanding the compliant validation […]

How to create a compliant and effective self-study guide

A self-study guide is a tool that can be used to help a learner extend their learning. It can be effective when learners […]

Should RTO consultants be regulated through a Government or professional body?

Training and education is a complex and vast subject. It is only prudent that we regulate this field to make sure that individuals […]

Update about Victoria’s International Student Arrivals Plan

International students will start returning to Victoria by the end of 2021 under the Victorian Government’s International Student Arrivals Plan, which has been […]

Queensland has set a new national record for the number of women entering the construction industry.

According to data released this week by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Queensland has achieved the highest-ever number of females […]

Landmark VET reforms to drive our skills-led economic future

A fundamental overhaul of Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) system has been agreed to by the Morrison Government and states and territories. […]

Interview with David Jepsen, Founder and Principal of RTO Accountants

With over 25 years’ experience as a practicing CA, David is the Founder and Principal of RTO Accountants. David started his career at […]

Interview with Peter Doukas – Managing Director, Denison Toyer Education Lawyers

Peter owns and operates Sydney based education law firm Denison Toyer. Working in the field of Education Law and Corporate Governance since 2007 […]

The VET Sector News- November 2021

Apprenticeships in butchery, childcare and hairdressing decline across the ACT Canberrans have been warned local butchers are a “dying trade” after data showed […]

Australia mulls visa reforms for offshore students to enjoy work rights

Can international students expect Australian student visa reforms on the horizon, and to play a bigger role in Australia’s skilled migration? The International […]

The ‘ABC’ of Academic Credit Transfer in India: India Gives Students Flexibility in Higher Education Through Academic Bank of Credits

An Academic Bank of Credits will be set up where students can deposit, transfer and redeem credits earned through a variety of courses, […]

Quarantine requirements dropped for Canberra universities

A third Australian jurisdiction has signalled its intention to allow the untrammelled return of international students, with the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) vowing […]

World-first Gold learning hub confirmed for Sandhurst

The PGA of Australia will seek to further elevate the capabilities of the current and future golf industry workforce through the establishment of […]

Foreign students, workers to be allowed back into Australia before Christmas and tourists could follow

International students and workers will be allowed to return to Australia within weeks, with tourists potentially permitted back into the country by Christmas. […]

Covid outbreaks have shut more than 320 schools across NSW and Victoria in past three weeks

More than 300 schools across New South Wales and Victoria have closed down in the last three weeks due to Covid outbreaks, with […]

Apprenticeships in butchery, childcare and hairdressing decline across the ACT

Canberrans have been warned local butchers are a “dying trade” after data showed a steep drop in apprenticeships. Figures collated by the National […]

How to protect the copyright of your training and assessment materials Margaret Ryan (lawyer and trade marks attorney)

Training and assessment materials are normally protected by copyright in Australia. They are a valuable resource and should be protected from unauthorised copying, […]

Message from the CEO

Message from the CEO We need to make sure we eliminate any issues that lead to decreased student engagement and an increase in […]

Online learning – Understanding the learner experience continuum

Online learning has become one of the most used forms of learning in the VET sector. It is a flexible and convenient way […]

Synchronous and asynchronous learning environments

Training organisations are getting more creative when it comes to how they help learners. They are working to find techniques, technologies and tools […]

The Concept of Immersive Education

Immersive education is a form of online education where you create a virtual learning environment and immerse students in the content. It is […]

The features of high-quality online learning

Online learning is continuing to gain popularity with people seeking to learn new skills and train in the comfort of their homes. With […]

The authenticity of assessments in an online learning environment

The authenticity of assessments is a term that is often used in the education sector. It is usually used to refer to how […]

The simulated environment for online learning

A simulated environment is an artificial representation of a real-world environment. Training organisations are increasingly turning to simulations for training purposes. The point […]

Why should you read and share THE VET SECTOR newsletter?

The purpose of this newsletter is to maintain an ongoing dialogue with the industry representatives, giving them a voice and platform to raise […]

ASQA publishes scoping study on VET in schools

The scoping study on vocational education and training delivered to secondary school students was issued by the national regulating agency in order to […]

Compliance and regulatory requirements to use video evidence

Video evidence can be used to support learning in a variety of contexts. It is becoming an essential tool for trainers/assessors and RTO […]

Attract people, places and things perfect for your growth

People, places and things are all aspects of life that can help or harm your growth. It is, therefore, important to understand why […]

Become stronger than your fears

You must have heard the saying that ‘fear is the mind-killer’. Just like how fear can stop you from making decisions, it can […]

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance

We are living in a world where work is no longer confined to the office. In the age of digitalisation, that is why […]

Strategies to maintain VET and Industry currency as a trainer and assessor

The VET industry is changing rapidly, therefore, trainers and assessors need to continuously update their skills, knowledge and competencies to work effectively in […]

CAQA Online forums, CAQA Info for maintaining your compliance and regulatory knowledge

CAQA Online forums provide information for RTO professionals. The purpose of the forums is to support compliance and regulatory knowledge with the help […]

Edu Learning – Your door to professional development opportunities

We would love to have you join our professional development retainer agreement services or individual professional development opportunities through Edu Learning. Our organisation […]

Live webinar with CAQA – Your questions and answer series – Trainers and assessors competency and compliance requirements

The CAQA Live webinar series will be a great opportunity to learn from the experts who have been in this field for a […]

Training and assessment strategies – why you should have a clear roadmap!

When it comes to training, there are many factors that contribute to the effectiveness of the training. However, one of the most important […]

Interview – Andrew Shea – CEO, Builders Academy Australia

Andrew is an educational and business professional and known intrapreneur who specialises in leading high performing teams, optimising business processes and quality assurance […]

Interview – Matthew Dale – Director, Audit Express and Educonomy

With more than a decade experience working across the VET Sector, Matthew brings a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience to Audit Express […]

Interview with Anurag Kanwar – BEc, LLB, LLM, GDLP, AAPRI, FIML, MAICD.

Anurag has over 15 years of experience in higher education all within the private higher education space. She is the executive secretary of […]

Risk assessment and risk management at your organisation

Risk assessment and risk management at your organisation should be a continuous process. It involves best practices like identifying, assessing and mitigating risks. […]

Quality Student Assessment Resources from CAQA Resources

What are Student Assessments? An effective assessment tool allows learners to demonstrate their skills and knowledge according to set learning objectives. It is […]

Why organisations should prioritise systematic continuous improvement as a strategic priority

Continuous improvement is one of the most important ways to ensure compliance with regulatory operations and successful organisational performance. By continuously identifying areas […]

The role of online education is evolving due to Artificial Intelligence (AI).

With the rise of Artificial Intelligence, the role of online education is changing. AI-based tools can automatically generate and grade assignments, meaning that […]

Google will train more than 40 million people in cloud computing skills.

Google has said that it will train more than 40 million individuals in Google Cloud skills as a result of the pandemic’s acceleration […]

In a recent ruling, the court ordered telecommunication firms to discontinue “assignment help” service.

It is the first time that an Australian higher education regulator has successfully obtained an injunction against a foreign essay mill, as part […]

We are looking for a Senior Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager to join our team at CAQA, Career Calling International.

We are seeking a Senior Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager to join our management team. To be successful in this position, you need […]

Update related to AQF Framework

We’d like to provide an update on the new AQF framework, currently under development. The Review of the Australian Qualifications Framework was completed […]

The VET Sector News II- October 2021

IDP Live transforms international landscape for next generation of students IDP has recently launched its new student-centred app, IDP Live. IDP Live brings […]

Australian far-right terrorism investigations have increased by 750 per cent in 18 months

Two years ago, nationalist and racist violent extremism barely accounted for two per cent of the Australian Federal Police’s counter-terrorism caseload. Now it’s […]

Keystone acquires UniQuest in enrolment generation drive

This is another acquisition for Keystone as it evolves its business mission. Historically, the Norway-based business has been focused on lead generation and […]

Hate crime victim inspires We Are Australia launch

We Are Australia, a dedicated organisation to support international student victims of crime in Australia, was launched on October 1, pledging to be […]

Experts weigh in on Australia’s 10-year strategy at AIEC

The Australian government is hoping to release its anticipated Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030 before the year is out, a government representative […]

How much will it cost for international students to return to Australia?

New South Wales and Victoria recently announced pilot plans to facilitate international students’ return to Australia. This is welcome news for those who […]

Student sex work is happening, and universities need to respond with health services

As university and college semesters unfold, a small but increasing percentage of students will likely also be taking on a largely under-reported and […]

How online education can give disabled children greater learning opportunities

Globally, about 15 per cent of the population lives with some form of disability. Of this, 80 per cent lives in developing countries. […]

Online Learning Platforms A Lifeline For Students During The Pandemic

There have been many forced changes in the world over the past 18 months, with every industry seeing some form of impact. Life […]

Online Learning – The Future of Education?

The coronavirus pandemic that gripped humanity in early 2020 has led to unprecedented educational measures everywhere. Educational institutions, from schools to universities, have […]

A New Normal For Online Education

The headline appeared in the New York Times on February 21, 1994: “Computers and Phones Pave New Path to College Degree.” The article […]

School And Online Learning Evolve Rapidly: Nerdy CEO Discusses Trends

As some students get back to school amid a new wave of variants and ongoing anxiety, the future of school and how students […]

Challenges Of Online Education For Teachers And Students

Covid-19 and the consequent lockdown forced schools, colleges and universities to stop all regular face-to-face educational interactions between teachers and students. They had […]

Online Learning Platforms A Lifeline For Students During The Pandemic

There have been many forced changes in the world over the past 18 months, with every industry seeing some form of impact. Life […]

India top court rules online education access cannot be denied to underprivileged children

The Supreme Court of India ruled on Friday that if the fundamental right to education under “Article 21A of the Constitution has to […]

Fiverr Expands Online Education Offering With Acquisition of CreativeLive

Fiverr (NYSE: FVRR), the company that is changing how the world works together, today announced its acquisition of Seattle-based online learning company CreativeLive, […]

Beyond Zoom, Teams and video lectures — what do university students really want from online learning?

As any university student, lecturer or tutor can attest, the pandemic has turned learning and teaching upside down. So it’s important we understand […]

Teachers are driving force behind ‘global education recovery’ from COVID-19

World Teachers’ Day, celebrated annually on 5 October, provides an important opportunity to call on Governments and the international community to spotlight teachers […]

NSW on the road to reopening

NSW will take its first steps towards reopening as the State passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target. With the first vaccination […]

Quality higher education in times of crisis

Higher education is still suffering the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. In some parts of the world, the crisis is as acute as […]

New national food allergy guidelines recommend education instead of bans

New allergy guidelines have recommended removing blanket bans on foods from schools and childcare centres in favour of greater education and awareness around […]

Homeschool registrations rising in Australia, alternative education advocates say mainstream schools need a shake-up

Homeschooling is understood to be the fastest-growing education sector and alternative school advocates say it shows mainstream schooling needs a shake-up. For more […]

6 interesting stats from the Voice of VET RTO Industry Australia Report 2021

Australia’s Registered Training Organisations had a lot to say in this year’s Voice of VET Report. Here’s three things RTOs say have changed […]

2021 fee relief now available to VRQA RTOs and non-school providers

Fee relief is available to eligible registered training organisations (RTOs) and non-school senior secondary providers (NSSSPs) to help ease the ongoing economic impact […]

ASQA Update – October 2021

ASQA’s risk-based regulatory program in 2021-22 has been informed by the outcomes of our annual environmental scan, which brings together feedback from stakeholder […]

Amendments to the ESOS Act effective 27 September 2021

Recent amendments to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) have replaced existing legislation around monitoring, investigation, and enforcement. This […]

Students head to Canada as Australia’s borders remain shut

Australia’s privileged position as one of the most highly prized destinations for international students has tumbled as Canada, the United States and Britain […]

Child Care subsidy changes to benefit 250,000 Australian families

A quarter of a million Australian families will be more than $2200 a year better off when additional childcare subsidies are introduced early […]

Plan to bring thousands of nurses and doctors into ‘Fortress Australia’

Australia will allow 2000 overseas nurses and doctors to enter the country for work under a plan being finalised by the Commonwealth and […]

IDP Live transforms international landscape for next generation of students

IDP has recently launched its new student-centred app, IDP Live. IDP Live brings together a suite of tools, including a ground-breaking new service […]

The VET Sector News- October 2021

Australia’s five most powerful education leaders in 2021 AFR Magazine’s annual Power issue, out on Friday, October 1, includes lists of the key […]

The journey from comfort zone to the growth zone

Going out of the comfort zone is not easy. It is difficult, challenging and it can be scary. But what if you knew […]

How to create a compliant and effective session plan

We are confident that you have heard the expression (and perhaps even used it yourself), “Failure to plan is planning to fail”. When […]

Australian Government has approved the International student return pilot programme

In a joint decision, the governments of Australia and New South Wales have authorised a second significant student return pilot, which will see […]

Mapping document of assessment resources – do you need one?

A question that has been asked over and over again is “do we need a mapping document”? We hope you will find this […]

Fact Sheet: Transition and teach out

Compliance requirements and guidelines: This Fact Sheet has been developed and produced to assist Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in understanding the transition and […]

CAQA FAQ Series – Validation and compliance requirements

What is the difference and commonality between Validation, Moderation and Pre-validation? Pre-Validation (verification) is the practice of validation that occurs before using the […]

The websites that will help you become much more productive and efficient.

The internet has a lot of resources that you can use to simplify your life. Websites like Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, and Amazon are […]

Different types of disruptions in training and education businesses: What are they and how can they impact You?

In a world where disruption is happening at a lightning speed, the question of how to thrive in this fast-paced environment is increasingly […]

Quality Learner Guides from CAQA Resources

What are Learner Guides? Learner Guides are an effective teaching tool, which allows learners to focus on their learning objectives. They are often […]

Validation Demystified – Part I

Validation is arguably the central pillar of the VET practice and has a valued place in the education system. It is one of […]

Contextualisation – Why you must contextualise the training and assessment resources.

Understanding contextualisation Contextualising assessments and learner materials is one of the most thought-provoking tasks that RTOs face. Many RTOs are deemed non-compliant due […]

The Australian Government supports eligible employers who hire an Australian Apprentice with a new Australian Apprenticeship Program

Boosting Apprenticeships Commencement (BAC) wage subsidy is a new wage subsidy announced by the federal government to assist apprentices and trainees who are […]

Live webinar with CAQA – Your questions and answer series – Trainers and assessors competency and compliance requirements

The CAQA Live webinar series will be a great opportunity to learn from the experts who have been in this field for a […]

The strategies for achieving personal and professional success.

There are many strategies to success you can use in your life. Some people are successful because they work hard. Other people are […]

What to do if you think someone is infringing on your copyright? – Margaret Ryan (lawyer and trademarks attorney)

The short answer is to speak to a lawyer. But make sure that they are the right lawyer. Copyright law (or, more generally, […]

Strategies to complete the Financial Viability Risk Assessment tool

When you apply to become an RTO or your financial condition is a source of concern, or when you are in the process […]

Message from the CEO (4 October 2021)

Message from the CEO Our professional development event related to Skills First Funding was a huge success, with hundreds of people in attendance. […]

Influence of COVID-19 on future plans

Training providers indicated a strong interest in incorporating more online training in the future, with 61.8% of those who moved some training online […]

Delivery of training before and during COVID-19

Although there was a substantial transition (75.2%) to partial or full online delivery in response to COVID-19 (see the below table), more than […]

Overview of training provider response.

COVID-19 has had an undeniable impact on the VET sector, with the significant and rapid transition to online learning early in the pandemic […]

Who pays and the relationship to online delivery?

The overall increase of online training has coincided with a substantial rise in the number of governments funded online-only subject enrolments, with these […]

Now and into the future

Approximately 12 months after the commencement of COVID-19 restrictions in Australia, only about one quarter (25.1%) of the surveyed RTOs who had transferred […]

Is blended delivery the future of Australian VET education?

A research by Sheila Hume and Tabatha Griffin, NCVER demonstrate that there was a strong response from the VET sector to COVID-19 restrictions, […]

MIT tops QS employability ranking 2022

Global higher education analyst Quacquarelli Symonds has named the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US as the leader of its graduate employability […]

Offshore learning hubs keep overseas students engaged

Universities in Australia and New Zealand, where borders have remained closed to international students for over 18 months, have found innovative ways to […]

Benefits of virtual exchange programmes for international students

Moving halfway across the world isn’t the only way to reap the benefits of exchange programmes. Virtual exchange programmes — where participants connect […]

New Standards for Course Accreditation for Western Australia RTOs

Course accreditation is the formal recognition of a course by an accrediting body. In Western Australia, the course accrediting body is the Training […]

ASQA approves extended transition period for a number of courses

ASQA has approved an extended transition period to a number of courses, including 52707WA Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies, 52709WA Graduate Diploma of […]

$1m donation expands Australia’s only nuclear engineering program

The nuclear engineering program prepares students for careers in high-tech industries including nuclear science, nuclear medicine, mining and resources, energy, manufacturing, aerospace, space […]

Education & Training Market is Booming Worldwide

The latest published market study on Global Education & Training Market provides an overview of the current market dynamics in the Education & […]

WA invests $31.7 million in in-house career counsellors

The Western Australian government has announced it will be deploying ‘career practitioners’ across 70 high schools in the state next year to help […]

CQUniversity Graduate Guarantee offers a fully flexible, Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Entrepreneurship, free of charge, to all domestic and international graduates

Announced today, the CQUniversity Graduate Guarantee offers a fully flexible, Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Entrepreneurship, free of charge, to all domestic and […]

New South Wales pilot plan ‘would expand and evolve’: minister

International students form long lines outside Melbourne foodbank A food charity in Melbourne is helping international students hit hard by lockdowns, providing supplies […]

Australia’s five most powerful education leaders in 2021

AFR Magazine’s annual Power issue, out on Friday, October 1, includes lists of the key players across six industry sectors. Here the people […]

New job opportunities!

JOIN THE RECRUITMENT REVOLUTION Operations Manager (Mullumbimby, NSW) Sales Representative (Surry Hills, NSW) Compliance Manager (Wollongong, NSW) RTO Senior Office Administrator (Morayfield, QLD) […]

Various phases of the assessment and validation processes (Part 4)

This is Part 4 of the article, where we are discussing the different phases of the validation processes an RTO should be following […]

Skills First – the Victorian 2022 Funding Contract

A short explanation The Department of Education and Training Victoria has opened a limited expression of interest (EOI) process for non-contracted training providers […]

Our webinar related to Skills First – By CAQA Experts

Sukh Sandhu – Hello and welcome everyone. Please accept our thoughts and prayers for all those who are affected by the lockdown across […]

Viral email regarding ASQA’s current and past audit activities

If you follow Education Issues Australia on Twitter, or have LinkedIn, or Facebook accounts, you may have noticed a report developed by the […]

The impact of COVID-19 on higher education and Vocational Education and Training

For more information, please visit: Higher Education: It is an unfortunate sign of the times that this summit is being held virtually, like […]

Breaking the bamboo ceiling: Young Asian Australian women share their tips for success

While Asian Australians continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions, some young women have managed to break through the “bamboo ceiling”. The ABC […]

Australia installs first space laser optical ground station in southern hemisphere

Recently, my colleagues and I swung a half-tonne telescope onto the roof of the physics building at the University of Western Australia. For […]

Providers: Check your delivery locations in asqanet are up-to-date

Maintaining accurate and up-to-date provider information is a requirement for training providers. Accurate delivery location data is important to provide students with surety […]

Student wellbeing and online learning: Tips for students

Due to the current outbreak of the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus many higher education providers have switched to online delivery of all […]

India, Australia concur that ‘Afghanistan must not become terror hub’

India and Australia on Saturday, September 11, 2021, and expressed concern over the situation in Afghanistan and hoped that its territory would not […]

India urges Australia to address students’ difficulties due to travel restrictions

India on Saturday urged Australia to sympathetically address as soon as possible the difficulties being faced by Indian students due to the travel […]

‘It’s so hard’: how the pandemic upended young people’s career paths

Remote learning and its detrimental effect on their study have forced many teenagers to rethink tertiary education. Morgan Vella and his friends used […]

Internationals contribute £28.8bn to UK economy yearly

International students in the UK contribute £28.8 billion to the country’s coffers annually – an equivalent of every citizen being on average of […]

Canada: students worry about unaffordable course withdrawal

International students enrolled at Canadian institutions have said they are unable to withdraw from their courses and get refunds due to college policies […]

Afghan women at university will study separately from men, the Taliban say

The new Taliban government says Afghanistan’s education system had changed since their last time in power. But women will only be allowed to […]

China Revises Law to Advance Innovation in Science, Technology

Chinese national lawmakers began deliberating a draft revision to the law on scientific and technological progress, as the country seeks to advance the […]

U.S. Invests $220M in Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $220 million […]

Australia’s manufacturing sector to be revived as a result of COVID-19

IBSA Group, a workforce skills program developer, in support of National Skills Week next week, reports that Australia’s manufacturing sector will be reignited […]

Extra $3.2m to boost support for vocational education and training

A new funding model, backed by a $3.2 million investment, will help government schools to support their students into industry-endorsed Vocational Education and […]

Australian border closures blamed for $2.7bn ELICOS related loss

Border closures related to the pandemic in Australia will see the country’s economy AU$2.7 billion worse off due to losses in income that […]

Aged care facing impending shortage of 110,000 workers, report finds

Urgent action is needed to address a looming shortage of at least 110,000 aged care workers over the coming decade, including boosting pay […]

Morrison Government marks National Skills Week 2021 with highest funding for skills and training in Australian history

The Morrison Government has marked National Skills Week 2021 by reminding Australians of the incredible opportunities of a skilled career as hundreds of […]

The changing career expectations of Australian teens

New analysis reveals the occupational aspirations of Australian girls have become more concentrated over time, while those of Australian boys have become less […]

How the Australian VET sector is changing

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released the latest data on Total VET Activity. Looking at program enrolments (full qualifications, […]

The VET Sector News II- September 2021

How the Australian VET sector is changing The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released the latest data on Total VET […]

COVID Lifestyle transforms aspirations of young Australians

A survey of demand for information on careers and university courses has revealed tremendous change in aspirations across Australia in wake of COVID-19. […]

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is seeking input on a proposed anti-plagiarism software merger.

In a statement released Thursday, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) expressed reservations over Turnitin’s proposed acquisition of Ouriginal. It was in […]

University jobs lost at a rate of ‘one in five’ as COVID-19 border laws continue to bite

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic recession, Australia’s higher education sector was hit harder than any other industry in […]

ASQA’s strategic review of online learning

As part of its ongoing maintaining quality and compliance assurance requirements surrounding online learning in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, the […]

CAQA Recruitment – Right people, Right skills, Right now

Are you looking for quality staff? Sick of wasting money on job ads that disappear in 100’s of other ads? Are you only […]

Professional Business Analysts (Proba)- Find business analysis solutions for your organisation

Stuck in the past, oblivious to prospects and using inefficient methods of doing business with consumers and suppliers? Professional Business Analysts (Proba) business […]

Course delivery using different delivery modes

What delivery modes can you use to deliver training? Face to face/ on campus/ classroom based delivery It is learning in a classroom […]

Converting the audit quality practices to system-centred rather than individual-auditor-centred

When we talk about “audit quality practises,” we talk about the factors that influence the outcomes of audits conducted on behalf of a […]

Quality training and assessment resources from CAQA Resources

While operating as a registered training organisation, you will be required to make a range of decisions, with obtaining high-quality training and assessment […]

Resource Validation Services: Why outsourcing can be a great option

Following the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Governance and Other Matters) Bill 2020, ASQA has made a significant upgrade to the […]

Message from the General Manager (19 September 2021)

Message from the General Manager Have you looked at ASQA’s new Corporate Plan?  The plan shows that the organisation is committed to best […]

Part 1- The trainer and assessor files

Compliance of your trainer records is a must for any Registered Training Organisation. If you do not know what you are looking for, […]

What are the specific programs selected for Skill First 2022 for new applicants?

Skill First -2022 List of Specific Programs Do you know that one of the main eligibility criteria to apply for the 2022 Provider […]

Part 1- The importance of internal audits

This is our first article in the series regarding “Internal audits”. Our main intention is to provide you with the required knowledge and […]

The VET Sector News- September 2021

ASQA approves extended transition period for Early Childhood Education & Care qualifications from the CHC Community Services training package until 20 January 2023 […]

VET Qualifications Reform Survey – The world of VET is changing again including the units of competency

The world of vocational education and training is changing once more, and this includes the structure of units of competency. The Department of […]

CAQA Systems Services

CAQA Systems provides technology services and support, and works in partnership with its customers. We collaborate with innovative organisations and service providers, assisting […]

Online Media Solutions (OMS) Services

Over the past two decades, Online Media Solutions (OMS) has provided assistance to clients worldwide. OMS merged into the CAQA and Career Calling […]

How to transition from classroom to online or distance training and assessment

Moving from face-to-face training and assessment to online or distance learning and assessment can be difficult, especially when you have already invested in […]

Check if you have an authorised copy of the training and assessment resources

Training organisations should double-check that they have an authorised copy of the training and assessment resources from the publisher of the resource before […]

Staying on top of compliance

Introduction RTOs are required to comply with an increasing number of constantly changing regulations and reporting and there is a heavy price to […]

Message from the General Manager (3 September 2021)

Message from the General Manager There are many changes taking place around the world right now, and the VET sector is no exception […]

Various phases of the assessment and validation processes (Part 3)

This is Part 3 of the article, where we are discussing the different phases of the validation processes an RTO should be following […]

Getting acquainted yourself with the VET

VET information at your fingertips NCVER’s VET Knowledge Bank is a key source of reference information about Australia’s VET system. Did you know […]

Message from the General Manager (22 August 2021)

Message from the General Manager If humans are capable of learning from their experiences, one thing that would stand out in this COVID […]

The VET Sector News II-August 2021

National Skills Week 2021: RETHINK your ideas National Skills Week, which is now in its eleventh year, will once again aim to bring […]

According to a new report, businesses are increasing their investments in cybersecurity skills

According to new research from cybersecurity firm Sophos, internal IT departments and businesses are making investments in their staff’ cybersecurity skills and knowledge. […]

Introducing Cyber Security BSBSS00094 and BSBSS00093 Skill Set Resources on Virtual Platform

We are excited to announce the complete set of resources for BSB Cyber Security skill set units. These resources are created in collaboration […]

Education standards and politics

We are all well aware that in any country, it is hard to separate politics from educational issues and standards. However, it is […]

RPL Kits-Let’s discuss compliance with clauses 1.8 and 1.12

The legislative requirements The legislation is very clear regarding compliance in RPL kits and why you need to have RPL Kits for every […]

Online learning is much more than access to training and assessment materials online

In spite of the fact that different nations are at different stages of COVID-19 infection rates, there are currently more than billions of […]

Scorm, HTML5 and m-learning? Need help?

Until recently the high degree of interactivity, immersive graphics, and fascinating animations of Adobe Flash made it one of the most popular authoring […]

Celebrating the 12th anniversary of Career Calling

Can you believe Career Calling has been in operation for 12 years? This is a fantastic opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed […]

Assessment issues that may have an impact on your RTO audit (Part 2)

This is Part 2 continuing from the previous newsletter. As discussed in Part 1 of this article, there are a number of assessment-related issues that […]

Various phases of the assessment and validation processes (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of the article, where we are discussing the different phases of the validation processes an RTO should be following […]

The VET Sector News- August 2021

Australia is facing a severe labour crunch As the world recuperates from the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, labour shortage has crippled many […]

The Covid-19 surge in Australia is threatening plans for student return

The state government of New South Wales has placed on hold its proposal to allow international students to return home after the state […]

Some ESOS courses are no longer required to be registered with CRICOS

It is now allowed for registered training providers to offer certain supplementary courses to international students without having those courses listed on the […]

RTO Survey: Mandatory Work Requirements for Certificate III in Individual Support

The Human Services Skills Organisation is conducting a survey about Mandatory Work Placement for students completing the Certificate III in Individual Support. RTOs […]

COVID-19 and changes in the changes in the Financial Viability and Risk Assessment (FVRA)

It poses significant challenges for RTOs to continue to provide high-quality training and ensure that students complete their courses during periods of lockdown […]

Message from the General Manager (8 August 2021)

Message from the General Manager With this edition of our monthly newsletter THE VET Sector, we will discuss the most recent changes to […]

Assessment issues that may have an impact on your RTO audit (Part 1)

It is important to look into ASQAs 2017 report that shows: Around 72% of RTOs FAIL audit on Assessment Approximately 50% of those […]

Various phases of the assessment and validation processes (Part 1)

In this article, we will discuss different phases of validation processes that you should be following in your RTO to ensure you meet […]

Part 3- How compliance and quality assurance are two separate but intertwined concepts

In this third and final part of our “compliance and quality assurance,” articles, we are continuing to discuss compliance and quality assurance requirements, […]

How to make reasonable adjustment in summative assessments

The concept of ‘reasonable adjustment’ is important and must be considered. This means that the summative assessment process may be modified so that […]

Part 2- How compliance and quality assurance are two separate but intertwined concepts

When we look at the current Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015, the clauses relevant to Registered Training Organisations’ regulatory compliance, the reporting […]

The role of trainer in a training organisation

Trainers don’t just train. They listen, they learn, they plan, they adapt, they help, they soothe, they challenge and they tolerate. Students expect all […]

Part 1- How compliance and quality assurance are two separate but intertwined concepts

When you plan to run a registered training organisation (RTO), you may find it difficult to know: the complete regulatory framework and environment […]

Obligations of Registered Training Organizations in Terms of Reporting

Under the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015, all RTOs are obliged to provide accurate and complete data. All ASQA-registered training organisations RTO […]

Part 2- Contextualising of assessment resources

Contextualisation of training packages, accredited curricula and learning resources can be achieved without compromising the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. Contextualisation […]

Part 1- Contextualising of assessment resources 

Contextualisation of training packages, accredited curricula and learning resources can be achieved without compromising the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. Contextualisation […]

Change of Registered Training Organisation Ownership – What is required?

In this ever changing world, we are seeing many RTO’s change ownership for a variety of reasons. So what is involved? How do […]

Building a strong workplace culture in your RTO

In every workplace, the culture of the company is imperative to the organisation’s success. The company culture has an impact on nearly every […]

Writing your Training and Assessment Strategy – Part 2 of Part 5

To refresh yourself, please find Part 1 here In our part 1, we had the opportunity to cover a number of topics relevant […]

How to complete a compliant Trainer Matrix – Part 2 of Part 5

To refresh yourself, please find Part 1 here The majority trainers are unaware of the value of having an accurate and up-to-date trainer […]

New RTO Resources Now Available!

Here at CAQA we have been busy little bees! There are many new resources now available for sale and plenty more to come. […]

Writing your Training and Assessment Strategy – Part 1 of Part 5

A Training and Assessment Strategy (TAS) is the approach of, and method adopted by, an RTO with respect to training and assessment designed […]

How to complete a compliant Trainer Matrix – Part 1 of Part 5

We believe that representatives of the training organisations and trainers usually do not understand the importance of the correct and current trainer matrix […]

What happens when one of the electives in a qualification has been superseded?

There is great confusion in the VET sector, especially now with all the changes that have been made to the BSB, ICT and […]

‘Energising Tasmania’ agreement signed

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments have signed an agreement that will support thousands of Tasmanians through the delivery of fee-free training to develop […]

Interview with The RTO Doctor’s Founding Director – Raelene Bartlett

Raelene is the author of two best-selling books, CRICOS CPR: Top 5 Tips to Rescue Your RTO and Legal Decision-Making under the National […]

Annual declaration on compliance

Are you confident that your RTO meets current compliance requirements with RTO standards? Or do you need help? All Australian Registered Training Organisations […]

We hear loud & clear message from business-VET sector is not meeting your workforce needs-PM Scott

Strong comments regarding the Australian VET system were made by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in his speech to the Business Council of Australia […]

Are you looking for a VET professional to join your team? Or perhaps you are looking for your next career opportunity?

Specialising in recruitment Australia wide, Career Calling Jobs work with a large number of qualified and passionate candidates searching for the next challenge […]

I paid for it – why don’t I own it? – the copyright trap, article by Margaret Ryan, Lawyer and Trade Marks Attorney

If your business commissions a graphic artist to create a logo and brand collateral for the business, who owns the copyright in the […]

Understanding the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2019

In 2017, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, commissioned a review of the National Vocational Education […]

The pillars of Quality Assurance – Part 1 of Part 3

Quality Assurance (QA) is a way of preventing mistakes and defects in manufactured products and avoiding problems when delivering products or services to […]

The VET Sector News- February 2020

Coronavirus travel ban sees Chinese students miss start of university, Australia’s tertiary education sector scrambling More than 100,000 Chinese students will not be […]

Coronavirus travel ban sees Chinese students miss start of university, Australia’s tertiary…

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SA Govt invests in vocational education and training

https://www.vetsector.com/post/sa-govt-invests-in-vocational-education-and-training

ACT has highest student participation and employment

https://www.vetsector.com/post/act-has-highest-student-participation-and-employment

Report on Government Services 2020

https://www.vetsector.com/post/report-on-government-services-2020

Malaysian university seeks partner for short-term study abroad program in Australia

https://www.vetsector.com/post/malaysian-university-seeks-partner-for-short-term-study-abroad-program-in-australia

Singapore’s first undergraduate health degree in speech and language therapy

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Vocational education and training

https://www.vetsector.com/post/vocational-education-and-training

Mitchell Institute releases new report and sounds VET funding alarm

https://www.vetsector.com/post/mitchell-institute-releases-new-report-and-sounds-vet-funding-alarm

VET Student Loan Caps Lifted

https://www.vetsector.com/post/vet-student-loan-caps-lifted

Coronavirus advice for RTOs

https://www.vetsector.com/post/coronavirus-advice-for-rtos

Five things RTOs need to know in 2020

https://www.vetsector.com/post/five-things-rtos-need-to-know-in-2020

The new ASQA website

https://www.vetsector.com/post/the-new-asqa-website

Australian visas exploited by “criminal people smuggling syndicates”

https://www.vetsector.com/post/australian-visas-exploited-by-criminal-people-smuggling-syndicates

These are the 15 most in-demand skills in Australia right now, according to LinkedIn

https://www.vetsector.com/post/these-are-the-15-most-in-demand-skills-in-australia-right-now-according-to-linkedin

I want to voice my opinion – Your letters and emails to us

In this newsletter, we are selecting this email that we received from one of our subscribers genuinely questioning the current regulatory environment on […]

The VET Sector News II – December 2019

Apprentice and trainee commencements down in June 2019 quarter  The latest release of national apprentice and trainee data show commencements were down 3.3% […]

Satisfaction with vocational education and training remains high

New data from over 170 000 vocational education and training (VET) students shows that satisfaction with VET remains high, according to a new […]

VET International Engagement Strategy 2025 launched

The Morrison Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensure Australian VET sector continues to play a significant role in contributing to the development […]

The rapid review of ASQA announced by Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

A rapid review of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has been announced. We are sharing the details of the review with this […]

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2019

The National Vocational Education and Training regulator Amendment Bill 2019 has been lodged in the senate.  The proposed amendments are intended to improve […]

2019 Australian Training Awards winners announced

The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the VET sector recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution […]

Communiqué for the COAG Skills Council Meeting – 22 November 2019

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Skills Council (the Council) held its second meeting today in Brisbane to agree on an ambitious approach […]

ASQA’s slash and burn approach on Registered Training Organisations

  An approach that is not very well thought out can cause significant knee jerk reactions. This is exactly what we all are […]

Victims of ASQA: The Real stories (Part – 1)

In this section we explore stories of how a regulatory body is destroying Australia’s education and training sector, the livelihood of people and […]

Has the Australian Skills Quality Authority taken Australia back 30 years?

The effects of the VET regulator’s actions on our industry and Australia’s reputation with regards to innovative learning has been detrimental to what […]

The drop in traineeships and apprenticeships. Why is it happening?

A recent figures revealed that the federal government over the last five years has underspent close to $1 billion of its budget on […]

Where are we going and why are we here?

If you have followed the recent discussion on social media ASQA’s practices, RTO closures, TAFE non-compliance, rorting of government funding (by now this […]

Is natural justice or procedural fairness possible with the current set up of ASQA?

We have evaluated how fair and transparent the internal workings of Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is. Where can an RTO go to […]

Concerns about the competency levels of Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) officers and auditors

The VET industry has some serious concerns regarding the competency of ASQA’s officers and auditors. We would like to look into this with […]

Industry consultation form released to assist development of VET accredited courses

ASQA has released a tool to assist in the development of VET accredited courses. The following media released has been published by Australian […]

Financial Viability Risk Assessment (FVRA) tool has changed again, version 3.1.

The financial viability risk assessment (FVRA) tool has been changed again by ASQA to make it more user friendly. The latest change was […]

I want to voice my opinion – your letters and emails to us

In this newsletter, we have selected this email received from one of our subscribers genuinely questioning the current regulatory environment of Registered Training […]

Review of Australian Qualifications Framework (Part 1)

The AQF review, chaired by Victoria University tertiary education professor Peter Noonan, recommended a shake -up of Australia’s qualification system.  Under the recommended […]

Who is there to support training organisations and what RTO representatives should know. (Part 1)

In this article, we will discuss the issues registered training organisations are experiencing in their day-to-day operations. You have the following help available:  […]

ASQA has changed the rules for purchase and sale of RTO’s

Australian Skills Quality Authority has made it crystal clear that “Registered training organisations (RTOs) and Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas […]

The Australian Government is investing $41.7 million to pilot Skills Organisations in human services care and digital technology (including cyber security) industries

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business has published the following media release:  The Australian Government is investing $41.7 million to […]

Beware of FAKE certificates and unregistered providers

ASQA published the following media release on October 4 2019:  ASQA is aware that unfortunately, there are unqualified organisations issuing fake certificates in […]

Updates to USI transcript for closed registered training organisations

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) published the following news on October 4 2019:  As part of a collaboration between the Australian Department of […]

Unpacking ASQA audit reports and files (Part 4)

This is part 4 of a series. We are referring here to cases from different audits conducted by the Australian Skills Quality Authority […]

The VET Sector News

India is reforming education for the first time since 1986 – here’s why Australia should care India released a Draft National Education Policy […]

Unpacking ASQA audit reports and files (Part 3)

Let’s look into what is actually going on in the audits and ASQA practices. This is part 3 of the ongoing series. We […]

The implications of ASQA being moving to a full cost recovery agency

ASQA and TEQSA are required by the Australian Government to transition from partial cost recovery to full cost recovery by 2020-21 making charging […]

The major issues with current legislative and regulatory standards (Part 1)

We are starting a series of articles discussing what is broken or can be improved in the current legislative and regulatory standards. We […]

How will ASQA move from its current practices?

Pic: Courtesy @edissuesaus  Note: The pic includes the famous saying of Ex-Chief Commissioner, Australian Skills Quality Authority in the Independent Tertiary Education Conference, […]

RTO experiences with ASQA from the front line-Part 2

We are continuing to share the RTO experiences from the front line with the current regulatory body of vocational education and training, Australian […]

A potential audit of the Australian Skills Quality Authority by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO)

The Australian National Audit Office is the national auditor for the Parliament of Australia and the Government of Australia. It reports directly to […]

A 19-member panel Industry VET Stakeholder Committee working to deal with the VET challenges

The Morrison Government has established its Vocational Education and Training (VET) Stakeholder committee to help drive its significant agenda of reform. Scott Morrison […]

Communiqué for the COAG Skills Council Meeting (20 September 2019)

 In the last COAG Skills Council Meeting in Melbourne on 20 September 2019 all federal, state and territory skills ministers unanimously agreed that […]

VET ministers announce changes to the Australian Skills Quality Authority

  Sharing the most recent announcement from the Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business and The […]

The biggest threat to the education and training sector in Australia is bad regulation!

It is very important to evaluate the training and auditing systems to find out what is working and what is not. If true […]

Congratulations VOCEDplus for completing 30 years

Courtesy: VOCEDplus! It all started in 1989, with two print publications, Initiatives in Technical and Further Education and TAFE Projects in Progress. These […]

Australian Government’s new Deregulation Task Force announced

 COAG agreed to work together to reduce regulatory and bureaucratic barriers across the federation so that businesses can grow and create more jobs. […]

Interview with The VET Gurus – John Price, Angela McGregor, Kerri Butter

Response from John Price regarding VET Sector Newsletter. John Price John started his career in education and training over 40 years ago. He was […]

New ESOS Regulations for CRICOS-registered providers

The Education Services for Overseas Students Regulations 2019 (ESOS Regulations) commence on 1 October 2019. They replace the current 2001 regulations.  The ESOS […]

The VET Sector News

Integration is the key to the future – TROY WILLIAMS Australia needs an integrated tertiary education system in which higher education plus vocational […]

Unpacking ASQA audit reports and files (Part 1)

Let’s look into what is actually going on in the audits and ASQA practices. We are referring here a number of examples from […]

Conducting validation in your training organisation

 What is validation? Explanation: Checking that the assessment tools, methods, judgement, evidence and processes to ensure that the training product meets: Principles of […]

The VET Sector News – September 2019

ASQA’s Sample AQF documentation gets updated to meet the requirements of third-party arrangements The ASQA Fact Sheet Sample AQF documentation has been updated […]

No Regulation or Bad Regulation – has ASQA failed as a VET Regulator?

We are starting this article by quoting the now very famous speech of MP   Laming in the Australian Parliament: I rise after […]

VET accredited course leads the way

There are two different kinds of training products delivered by registered training organisations (RTOs) within the VET industry: training packages and VET accredited […]

VET Delivery to Secondary School Students

Vocational Training offers learners the chance to gain the required knowledge and skills to work effectively in the workplace and be part of […]

VET & Higher Education –Two Pillars Of One Tertiary System

With the Australian Government’s recent and welcome focus on Vocational Education and Training (VET), some stakeholders have seen this as a pitch against […]

Private registered training organisations vs Public providers

Please note: We have a number of TAFE and Government providers as our clients, and the reason for publishing this article is not […]

Interview: Tamara Simon: Australia’s Only Dedicated RTO Business Coach from ‘Take Another Look’.

Here is a copy of our interview with Tamara Simon – Australia’s Only Dedicated RTO Business Coach. Bio Tamara Simon is the Australia’s […]

Australia has a tech explosion, but there is a lack of workers and facilities

Australian workers could make thousands of dollars more every year by leaving their current work and reskilling in the technology sector, a new […]

ASQA’s Regulatory Strategy 2019–21

Highlights:  The strategy identifies two target areas and five strategic initiatives Target area 1: Trainer and assessor capability, identified as a critical concern […]

Interview: Troy Williams, Chief Executive Officer at the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA).

Here is a copy of our interview with Troy Williams, Chief Executive Officer at the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA).  Troy, in […]

The man who stood up for the vocational education and training sector – Mr Andrew Laming MP

We can see the after effects of MP Andrew Laming’s speech in parliament. Many people have started talking about the vocational education and […]

New projects under way

Training package and/or product consultation – August 2019 Automotive PWC Skills for Australia invite you to complete their online survey for the AUR […]

Experiences from the front line

We believe the purpose of a regulatory body is to promote and protect the education and training system. Australia has a world-class education […]

INTERVIEW: Dianne Dayhew CEO, National Apprentice Employment Network

Dianne, in a nutshell, what has been your experience of working in the training and education industry? I have worked in training, education […]

ELICOS for the International Students (Part 3 of Part 3)

In the last newsletters we discussed the following:  What is ELICOS and what it stands for  Who ELICOS applies to?  What is the […]

Third-Party Arrangements – What does this mean for your RTO?

ASQA has published an updated guide on third-party arrangements that will come into effect from 1 September 2019 for new third-party arrangements and […]

How does an RTO protect itself in this current climate?

RTO’s need to be prepared to weather any storm.  There are simple practices all RTO’s should be adhering to to ensure they are […]

What should the vocational education and training regulatory system look like?

Our belief is that a regulatory system should be based on the following principles:  Transparency: All audit reports should be made public on ASQA’s […]

The VET regulator Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) gone rogue

The national vocational education and training (VET) sector regulator Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), has been criticised by the Chair of the House […]

Quality RTO Resources

List of Training  Training Packages ICT – Information and Communications Technology The following resources are now available for purchase. The assessment and learner […]

Your trainer and assessor files (Part 5 of 5)

In the last newsletter we discussed the following:  The definition of a “trainer matrix” ASQA Guidelines on “trainer matrix”  What must be included […]

Internal audits and why they are so important (Part 5 of 5)

In the first five parts of this series we discussed the following:  What are internal audits? What are the benefits of conducting internal […]

ELICOS for the International Students (Part 2 of Part 3)

In the last newsletter we discussed the following:  What is ELICOS and what it stands for  Who ELICOS applies to?  What is the […]

Student-centred principles for educational providers with overseas students

In this article, we are discussing the top 10 student-centred principles that every educational provider must implement for the welfare and support of […]

CAQA New Resources

New Information Technology resources  The following resources are now available for purchase. The assessment and learner resources have been developed by subject matter […]

Introducing Career Calling Jobs!

  Recruitment in Vocational Education and Training Australia wide! Career Calling Jobs specialise in RTO Recruitment, assisting Registered Training Organisations to find the […]

The VET Sector News

Annual Registration Charge – Due July 30th 2019 ASQA will issue RTOs with an invoice for their annual registration charge. RTOs must pay […]

CAQA Resources introducing version 10.0!

At CAQA resources we are busy updating our resources to be able to provide you the most up to date and current resources […]

Four Corners focus on Australian Universities including Murdoch U, Swinburne University and The University of Tasmania

Four Corners focus on Australian Universities including Murdoch U, Swinburne University and The University of Tasmania International students are a significant source of […]

Your trainer and assessor files (Part 4 of 5)

In the last newsletter, we discussed the following: ASQA Guidelines on “industry currency.” How to stay up to date in terms of “industry […]

Internal audits and why they are so important (Part 5 of 5)

In the first four parts of this series we discussed the following: What are internal audits? What are the benefits of conducting internal […]

ELICOS for the International Students (Part 1 of Part 3)

‘ELICOS’ stands for ‘English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students’. ELICOS programs are designed for students who require English language training before starting […]

The Quality Indicator data

The Quality Indicators provide valuable data for RTOs to identify areas for improvement in training and assessment services and to gauge how well […]

First aid training under review after the death of a footballer from heat stress

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) urged registered training organisations (RTOs) that give first aid training to revise their practices in the wake […]

VET Industry News 28-May-2019

28th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’ 28th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’: 10-12 July 2019 […]

How to avoid becoming another ASQA statistic

There are currently 3837 RTOs in Australia, down from over 4,400 RTOs in October last year. If your ASQA audit is scheduled in […]

Your trainer and assessor files (Part 3 of 5)

In the last newsletter we discussed the following: The definition of vocational competency ASQA Guidelines on “vocational competence” The three C’s of Vocational […]

Internal audits and why they are so important (Part 4 of 5)

In the first three parts of this series we discussed the following: What are internal audits? What are the benefits of conducting internal […]

Ways to make the vocational education system more effective

The review led by the Honourable Steven Joyce, the former Skills Minister in New Zealand, looked at ways to improve the effectiveness of […]

VET Industry News 06-May-2019

A plan for stronger Australia  The Business Council of Australia has released a plan for stronger Australia. Click here for more information The Independent […]

CAQA New Resources (06 May 2019)

Compliance products from Compliance and Quality Assurance (CAQA) The following compliance products are available: Policies and Procedures for an RTO Policies and Procedures […]

VET Industry News 11-Apr-2019

Strengthening Skills: Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System On 28 November 2018, the Prime Minister announced an independent review of […]

Can I sue ASQA for damages?

Published with written permission from the author.  Reference: Zhouand, Z. (2019, April 09). Can I sue ASQA for damages? Retrieved April 09, 2019, […]

CAQA New Resources (11 Apr 2019)

New Information Technology resources The following resources are now available for purchase. The assessment and learner resources have been developed by subject matter […]

Your trainer and assessor files (Part 2 of 5)

In the last newsletter (published in November 2018) we discussed the following: Legislative and regulatory requirements Requirements for all trainers and assessors Trainer […]

Internal audits and why they are so important (Part 3 of 5)

In part 1 & 2 of this series we discussed the following: What are internal audits? What are the benefits of conducting internal […]

Different phases of assessment and learner validation processes (Part 4 of 4)

This is Part 4 of the article, where we are discussing the different phases of the validation processes an RTO should be following […]

Do I need to upgrade to TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment before 1 April 2019?

A number of questions trainers and assessors are at the moment asking if they need to upgrade to the latest TAE40116 Certificate IV […]

Internal audits and why they are important (Part 2 of 5)

In the first part of this series we discussed the following:  What are internal audits? What are the benefits of conducting internal audits? […]

The VET Sector News – December 2019

Poorer and regional Australian students lag behind richer peers, report finds Poorer Australian students are 18 months behind their better-off peers at school, […]

Why do you enjoy working in the VET Sector?

We asked this question to some of our RTO colleagues, to know what worked for them, how they are contributing positively to the […]

Why keep in touch with what is happening in the VET sector

Information is power. The more you read, the more you understand the world around you. The VET world is evolving at a lightning […]

Different phases of assessment and learner validation processes (Part 3 of 4)

This is Part 3 of the article, where we are discussing the different phases of the validation processes an RTO should be following […]

Internal audits and why they are important (Part 1 of 5)

This is our first article in the series regarding “Internal audits”. Our main intention is to provide you with the required knowledge and […]

Your trainer and assessor files (Part 1 of 5)

Compliance of your trainer records is a must for any Registered Training Organisation. If you do not know what you are looking for, […]

Private training colleges face too much scrutiny, says ACPET

Excessive scrutiny of detailed regulatory issues by the national skills regulator is forcing private colleges into legalistic compliance, according to the Australian Council […]

CAQA News (5 Nov 2018)

We are introducing a new section in CAQA News. This section will cover news and information regarding what is happening at CAQA/Career Calling […]

Different phases of assessment and learner validation processes (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of the article, where we are discussing the different phases of the validation processes an RTO should be following […]

Assessment issues that may impact your RTO audit (Part 2)

This is Part 2 continuing from the previous newsletter. As discussed in Part 1 of this article, there are a number of assessment-related issues that […]

Getting to know the VET

VET information at your fingertips NCVER’s VET Knowledge Bank is a key source of reference information about Australia’s VET system. Did you know […]

VET Industry News 10-Oct-2018

ASQA Welcomes Convictions for Dodgy Training Providers The national VET regulator has welcomed the conviction of four people who falsified documents. For more Information: visit […]

Contextualising assessment resources (Part 1)

Contextualisation of training packages, accredited curricula and learning resources can be achieved without compromising the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. Contextualisation […]

Victorian TAFE free-for-all – is it beginning of another “Crisis”?

From January 2019, the Victorian Government will cover the cost of 30 TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses. The free courses run for […]

India to be top study destination in two years

The Indian government has promised fee waivers to foreign students choosing India as their study destination as part of a campaign that has […]

The VET Sector Newsletter – Edition 1, April 2018

The official Newsletter from Compliance and Quality Assurance (CAQA) OUR FIRST NEWSLETTER By Anna Haranas Welcome to The VET Sector, our official newsletter […]

CEO Declaration

Annual declaration on compliance Have you submitted your Annual Declaration on Compliance? Are you confident that your RTO meets current compliance requirements with […]

Current VET sector a disgrace: CEDA

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) is calling for a national review of the VET sector, claiming the area has been […]

Fake universities may have produced bogus lawyers and doctors in UK

More than 30 fake UK universities have been shut down in the past year as concern grows about students being mis-sold fraudulent degrees. […]

VET Industry News 11-Sep-2018

New course accreditation application lodgement fee On 6 July 2018, ASQA introduced an application lodgement fee of $500 for all initial and renewal […]

How does quality assurance differ from compliance (Part 3)

In this third and final part of our “compliance and quality assurance,” articles, we are continuing to discuss compliance and quality assurance requirements, […]

Different phases of assessment and learner validation processes (Part 1)

In this article, we will discuss different phases of validation processes that you should be following in your RTO to ensure you meet […]

Assessment issues that may impact your RTO audit (Part 1)

It is important to look into ASQAs 2017 report that shows: Around 72% of RTOs FAIL audit on Assessment Approximately 50% of those […]

ASQA Regulatory strategy 2016–17 and ASQA’s Regulatory Risk Framework

ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority), VET regulator has recently released its regulatory strategy for 2016-2017.  ASQA’s Regulatory Risk Framework, which is part of […]

Heavy penalty for bogus qualification

A former trainer has been ordered to pay $120,000 for providing her employer with 11 bogus vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, providing […]

Vocational education and training courses behind significant drop of crime rate.

Vocational education and training courses have been linked to a significant drop in Victoria’s crime rates by University of Melbourne economists. They believe […]

National Strategy for International Education 2025

Australia’s first National Strategy for International Education 2025 sets out a 10-year plan for developing Australia’s role as a global leader in education, […]

Ombudsman for dodgy colleges

Dozens of Victorian education providers will be scrutinised by a new investigation unit looking into dodgy training courses across the state. The new […]

‘Unscrupulous training providers’ to be investigated

The Andrews Labor Government is upping the pressure on rogue training providers with a new investigations unit in the Department of Education and […]

Higher education standards framework (threshold standards) 2015

TEQSA registers and evaluates the performance of higher education providers against the Higher Education Standards Framework, specifically, the Threshold Standards. All providers must […]

The 2016-17 Skilled Occupations List (SOL)

2016-17 Skilled Occupations List (SOL) has been registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. […]

Private students to be included in national student survey

For the first time, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research’s (NCVER), major survey of VET students will include fee-paying students at private […]

Compliance and Quality Assurance (CAQA)

CAQA is Compliance and Quality Assurance, a Career Calling International initiative. CAQA offers help and support to all Australian Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) […]

Career Calling International – Your Quality Provider

Quality Services Since client satisfaction is one of our priorities, we go to great lengths to implement practices that guarantee an efficient, fluid […]

Punjab police bust another IELTS racket

The special task force (STF) has busted another IELTS (International English Language Testing System) racket, arresting four persons for allegedly providing answer keys […]

Khalsa Migration

We have a team of friendly migration consultants who have extensive experience in all visa types. Each member of our team is driven […]

ASQA News 14-Aug-2018

ASQA given additional powers to seek civil penalties and issue infringement notices  On 12 July 2018, the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC […]

The Difference Between Compliance and Quality Assurance in the RTO space (Part 2)

When we look at the current Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015, the clauses relevant to Registered Training Organisations’ regulatory compliance, the reporting […]

Reasonable adjustment in summative assessments

The concept of ‘reasonable adjustment’ is important and must be considered. This means that the summative assessment process may be modified so that […]

The Difference Between Compliance And Quality Assurance in the RTO space

When you plan to run a registered training organisation (RTO), you may find it difficult to know: the complete regulatory framework and environment  […]

ASQA News 12-Jul-2018

Definition of Enterprise RTOs updated ASQA has recently updated their guide for the Application of Initial Registration with changes taking effect as of […]

My Role as Your Trainer (Infographic)

Trainers don’t just train. They listen, they learn, they plan, they adapt, they help, they soothe, they challenge and they tolerate. Students expect all […]

Reporting obligations for Registered Training Organisations

Under the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015, all RTOs are obliged to provide accurate and complete data.   All ASQA-registered training organisations RTO […]

Contextualising assessment resources (Part 2)

Contextualisation of training packages, accredited curricula and learning resources can be achieved without compromising the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. Contextualisation […]

Record breaking number of overseas students are selecting Australia as their education destination

Figures released recently showed a 12% increase in the number of foreign students in Australia compared to the same period last year, more […]

Some tips on how to prepare for a meeting with the regulatory body

How to prepare for an audit or any other meeting with ASQA or their representatives. Collect audit reports, facts and related information: Always […]

Time to submit your "Quality Indicator data" to ASQA

What are the “Quality Indicators”? RTOs are required to collect and report their performance against the following quality indicators: Learner engagement Employer satisfaction […]

VET Industry News 8-Jun-2018

ASQA is increasing scrutiny on new applications for registration from 1 July 2018. Vocational education and training (VET) and the education of overseas […]

What happens when things have not been resolved and you have to take your matter to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal?

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) provides an independent review of a wide range of administrative decisions made by the Australian Government (and some […]

VET Industry News 10-May-2018

Updates from the Australian Skills Quality Authority ASQA is increasing scrutiny on new applications for registration from 1 July 2018. Vocational education and […]

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) briefings 2018

Do not miss to attend ASQA briefings 2018. ASQA has recently posted the following information regarding their 2018 briefings: Registrations are now open […]

Industry Expert reveals lessons learnt from 65+ ASQA Audits

Sukh Sandhu’s Interview conducted by EduTemps During his 20 years in the VET and Higher Education sector, Sukh Sandhu has witnessed a radical […]

VET student loans to support only genuine students.

The education minister, Simon Birmingham, has revealed strict new rules for courses and training organisations in the VET student loans program that will […]

The new VET loan scheme to exclude shonky providers?

The new VET loan scheme to exclude shonky providers? From 1 January 2017 VET FEE‑HELP will cease and VET Student Loans will commence.  […]